Nidhogg 2 maintains the bar of excellence it set for itself on other platforms, forming a dream team with the Switch.
Nidhogg 2 is a unique little fighter that I think anyone will have a blast playing. Whether it be with friends or online, an insane amount of fun can be had. I would temper expectations if you are only looking to play Nidhogg 2 as a single-player experience though, due to the shoddy implementation of the AI.
No one can deny how well Nidhogg 2 suits the Nintendo Switch. While the controversial new art direction may split the fan base and the lack of kill count record comes across as a strange absence, this stabby sequel’s healthy amount of new stages and a fun weapon system still makes it an absolute must for couch competition.
With a few caveats, Nidhogg 2 is the kind of sequel I had hoped developer Mark Essen and Messhoff Games would make. It’s an evolution of what made the original great that keeps most of its best elements, and doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. It takes the series into more of a 16-bit style. It also mixes up the formula a little bit, with a host of lush new environments, new weapons, and silly-looking, customizable characters.
Nidhogg 2 isn’t just a “sequel” but rather a better-realized successor that aims to capitalize on everything that its predecessor great, and then some.
Nidhogg 2 is a really tricky game to score because it seems like such a hit or miss, love it or hate it, kind of experience. If you don’t have anyone to play with I’d caution you on considering the purchase as there’s really no meaningful solo play and even if you do find online matches there’s something lost in the experience even if you’re able to get into some nice and tense matches. Even if you’ve got some friends to play with I’d say the odds are equal that you could really get a kick out of the experience or have it fall flat. Credit to the developer, it’s some of the very small touches like being able to reflect shots that give what seems to be a very shallow game surprising depth, it all comes down to the experience you’re looking for though.
[G]ames are my preferred method of avoiding people, and my view of games like this is generally that they exist as bait for the kind of Youtubers whose video thumbnails consist of them making a ridiculous face, so it’s saying something that I found myself holding my controller in a white knuckle grip and getting mad at little pixel art cartoon guys.
Nidhogg 2 seems simple at first, but it's deep and content rich enough to keep you interested. It also sports beautiful pixel-art graphical style. Don't forget to bring friends, though.
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Nidhogg 2 provides the same smart minimalist style dueling found in the original game providing both intense and hectic battles.
Nidhogg 2 has sacrificed the simplicity for the sake of variety! Though this could be annoying for some fans, it has made the gameplay deeper and more complicated comparing to its first title. However, newly added weapons have unbalanced the game and damaged the gameplay. Innovative graphics has injected the game with a new identity which is eye-catching every now and then. In addition, OST of the game is the best of Electronic genre and makes every level a unique experience.
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